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Forum topic by TidewaterSkiffs posted 12-29-2015 12:13 AM 713 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2015 12:13 AM

Hello everyone, I am new to the forum and wanted to say hello....... and ask a few questions. A friend of mine recommended LumberJocks as a great place to ask about hand planes.

I build wooden fishing skiffs as a hobby. They are “Earle Brockway” copies. Earle was a local legend from the Old Saybrook area of Ct. He built thousands of boats for local shell fisherman, and recreation use. They are pretty simple to build as far as the construction methods used, and require a minimum amount of tools.

I do not like running the 4X4” stem posts across my portable table saw in order to cut the side panel angles. The last couple that I cut were a little scary due to the heavy wood, and a small lightweight table saw.

I have been thinking that a #5 Jack plane and a block plane would be just the ticket. I could make the rough stem post cuts with a hand rip saw, and finish it off with a hand plane. A block plane would come in handy with cleaning up glue joints.

Do any of you guys sell hand planes?

The planes offered by Lie Nielson, Veritas, and Woodriver are all very nice, but my finances will not allow the cost for a couple planes at this time.

If any of you have any for sale, please message me. I can pay through PayPal instantly. Please keep in mind that I am not rich. I just need a good #5, and a block plane that are ready to make shavings.

My second question is sharpening. What methods do you all prefer? My sharpening experience is pretty basic.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


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#1 posted 12-29-2015 12:14 AM

Looks like a great project

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 12:29 AM

What is your budget?

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 01:18 AM

Contact DonW as he does sell refurbbed planes.

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 12:00 PM

I’m actually looking for one, too.

Actually, I’m looking for that elusive $25 fixer upper (which is not easy on Ebay).
I’m confident u can pick up a 5 or 5 1/4 jack plane off Ebay for probably less than $50.

Here's one I’ve been watching. You can probably get it shipping and all for less than $60.

As for sharpening, I would watch a few videos. Paul Schwarz has a good one on restoring a plane.
IMO you’ll need at least 3 stones: a 300 grit coarse, 1200 fine and 4000 to 8000 extra fine.
You’ll also need a strop and some honing compound.

For what you’re doing, you’ll also want to consider converting the iron to a cambered edge, which is a much different sharpening process.

I recommend that coarse in a diamond stone and water stones for the others.
The coarse diamond handy for flattening the backs and keeping your water stones flat.

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 02:39 PM

You should be able to find a #5 for less than $40 on ebay, they are very common. A new Stanley #5 can be tuned to work fine. For a block plane, a new Stanley 12-960 tuned up will work great. Here are my recommendations for planes, and here are my sharpening recommendations. I have tuning info in the other blogs. Good luck!

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 03:02 PM

Have you considered a 5 1/2. They are wider than a 5 and can take off lots of material if needed or do a ver thin shaving. I would watch Ebay or Craigs list. Be sure to take shipping into account for Ebay, Sometimes sellers charge quite a bit. you can probably find a nice fixer upper.
I found my planes at estate sales.

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 05:46 PM

I just sold a $20 Dunlop. Watch my site, I get some fixer uppers from time to time and sell them as such.

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#8 posted 12-29-2015 05:58 PM

I have a couple #5s that need refurbishing If you are interested.

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